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Posted: Wednesday, 26 February 2014 7:21AM

Hang up in the school zone

The push to get drivers' minds off their phone calls and back on the roadway continues in the Louisiana state legislature.  Lawmakers this spring will consider a smaller-scale ban this year.
After years of failed efforts to get all drivers to put the hand-sets down in hopes it would cut down on distracted-driving problems, Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) thinks maybe a piecemeal approach would work better: "By pointing out the greatest risk posed to people when drivers are distracted.  What could be a better example than a child crossing the road in front of you at a time when they think it's safe and a driver is distracted?"
So he's proposing a ban on all cell phone use by drivers passing through school zones, even the use of hands-free devices.
"What we're trying to do here is that, in a school crossing, when children are present, make sure that those drivers are paying attention, because as you and I know, children often times don't," Thompson said.

So far, no lawmakers have pre-filed any bills for this spring that include a comprehensive ban on drivers using cell phones.

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